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‘Tis the season

Dec 16, 14 ‘Tis the season

By Julie Tomascik

Nine days, 206 hours or 12,360 minutes.

However you choose to look at it, Christmas is just around the corner. If you’re anything like me, you haven’t started—much less finished—your shopping.

And if there’s a farmer or rancher on your list, you may have absolutely no idea what to buy.

Trust me. I’m speaking from experience. I still haven’t bought my husband’s Christmas gift. It’s a struggle every year.

But don’t let panic creep in just yet.

Here are some foolproof stocking stuffers for the farmers and ranchers in your life. You can thank me later.

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Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters

Dec 12, 14 Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters

By Kelly Bogard

Between holiday parties and church activities, we’re staying pretty busy this December.

But, despite our busy schedules, it’s the time of year when I want to give something sweet to our friends and neighbors.

Years ago, I had time to make all kinds of cute baskets with several sweet treats. These days, I’m lucky to get teacher presents out the door and get the gifts wrapped for under the tree.

But I think I’ve found a way to get back to the sweet treats and still get everything finished with an ever-filling schedule.

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Share the truth

Dec 09, 14 Share the truth

By Jessica Domel

The truth. We all claim to want it. We say we give it. We even profess our need for it. But in actuality, how many of us actively seek the truth?
People tell me all the time they want the truth when it comes to their food.

They want to know what’s going on with what they’re eating.

I get that.

I want to know what I’m putting into my body as well.

But I often find that many people aren’t looking for the truth. They’re looking for their own version of a truth or, rather, something that confirms what they already believe.

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Back to Basics: Shortbread Cutout Cookies

Dec 05, 14 Back to Basics: Shortbread Cutout Cookies

By Kelly Bogard

House cleaned from Thanksgiving feast…check. Christmas decorations up…check. Plate of warm cookies for those who helped…still working on it. There’s nothing better than walking into the kitchen to the smell of fresh-baked cookies. It’s one of the many things I look forward to this time of year.

Whether it is Cinnamon Jumbles or Rosemary Cookies, baking cookies smell pretty much the same to me–AMAZING!

For Back to Basics: Shortbread Cutout Cookies, you will need…Shortbread Cutout Cookies
2 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups butter, softened
1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. almond extract
colored sugars

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Where’s ag in your home?

Dec 02, 14 Where’s ag in your home?

By Julie Tomascik

Paint brushes, laundry detergents and college textbooks are haphazardly flung about my garage. And house.

But my disorganized home is not the point.

Those items are part of agriculture.

No, they aren’t a cow, sow or plow. But they are byproducts from those animals and the crops grown by farmers and ranchers.

Because agriculture is so much more than our food and clothes.

It’s construction. Lumber, paints and brushes.

It’s printing. Paper, ink and textbooks.

Do you play sports? Own a baseball glove or bat? That’s agriculture!

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For those who aren’t here

Nov 25, 14 For those who aren’t here

By Jessica Domel

This time of year is meant for reflection. We think about our blessings, our friends, families and loved ones.

Our mouths water with thoughts of turkey, cornbread stuffing and who will devour the last piece of homemade pecan pie.

This year, I’m also thinking about the millions of men and women who won’t be able to sit down and argue over pie with loved ones–our military, nurses, doctors, firefighters, paramedics and others who are giving of their time to ensure we enjoy our holiday off.

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